The 2022 Day – 7th September


On this webpage you should be able to find all you need about this friendly and fun day of golf.

Open to men and ladies aged 55+.

You and your club are cordially invited to the Old Thorns Seniors Captain’s Day on Wed 7th September 2022. A great day out with 27 holes of golf at a terrific course, with a meal from the renowned Old Thorns carvery to round off the day.

This will be a great opportunity to meet fellow seniors from other clubs and share stories from our experiences in the winter leagues, the summer friendly matches and various other events, or you could just invite a bunch of friends along for a day’s golf at a wonderful venue.

The day includes:

  • Coffee & bacon bap on arrival
  • 18-hole team (of 4) & individual stableford
  • Prizes for individual and team winners (guests & members), straightest drive and nearest the pin, as well as (optional) 2’s
  • Lunch (sandwiches & chips)
  • 9-hole team (of 4) Texas scramble
  • Team prizes for front & back nine
  • Raffle on the day with plenty of good prizes
  • Presentation dinner (2 courses) in the Hampshire Suite

 Entrance fee is £55 (Visitor) or £40 (Member) per player
£10 from each entry will be donated to the Peter Alliss Wheelchair charity to help purchase motorised wheelchairs for disabled children

 To reserve your place, please email your completed entry form by August 16th and make payment by August 22nd.

To enter individually or as a team, the entry form

should be emailed to:

Jack Lowe

Seniors Section Captain, Old Thorns


Buggies may be hired from the Old Thorns Proshop. Book directly with the Proshop (preferably in advance). Special rates apply for this event – £15 for 18 holes , £25 for 27 holes.


Payment of entry fees should be made by August 22nd. Old Thorns is unable to take payments to its account so please pay to the Senior Captain’s account:

Account name: Mr Jack Lowe
Sort code: 40-47-78 Account Number: 42536676

On the day, payment for the raffle and 2’s competition must be in cash – there is no facility for debit/credit cards other than at the bar. There is an ATM in the hotel reception area.


07:45 Registration – The Hampshire Suite opens for:

Registration. Card collection by team captains. Entry into the two’s competition. Raffle tickets. Note that your starting tees for morning & afternoon will be the same.
Coffee & Bacon Baps will be served.

08:30 Players leave for starting tee

Allow 15 minutes to reach your tee.

08:45 Shotgun Start for 18 hole Individual and Team Stableford Competition.

Tee off as soon as you hear the klaxon

13:15 Sandwiches & Chips in the Hampshire Suite

Please ensure that all cards are carefully checked, then presented to the card collection point. Collect your afternoon team card and enjoy your lunch.

14:45 9 Hole Texas Scramble

Medal format (to one decimal point). Remember that you are playing only the 9 front holes or the 9 back holes.

After the scramble, male visitors may use the changing rooms (male & female) off the sports bar; members and ladies may use the changing rooms at the Elevations leisure club on 1st floor.

Dress code for the dinner is smart casual.

17:15 Bar open

Enjoy a drink and a rest before dinner and prize giving.

17:45 Dinner in the Hampshire Suite

Carvery followed by dessert then coffee.

18:45 Presentation of Prizes by Jackie Alliss

Competition Rules and Etiquette

Age Limits

To enter, you must be aged 55+ on the day of the competition. A team that fields an illegible player cannot win a team prize but eligible players can win individual prizes.


Yellow tees of the day for men. Ladies may play off the Red tees of the day.


All putts must be holed out – no gimmies!

Speed of Play

The timetable is tight so please play at a good pace. Some suggestions:

  • Play ready golf – as soon as one of the players is ready, they should take their shot rather than waiting for someone who has the honour or is nearer to the hole. Prioritise pace not etiquette.
  • If in doubt, play a provisional ball to save walking back after a fruitless search. If you do lose a ball and haven’t played a provisional, drop another ball on the fairway at the nearest location to where the ball went missing (but not nearer the hole) and take a 2-shot penalty.
  • In the stableford comp, pick up as soon as you have had too many shots to score on a hole

Morning 18 hole INDIVIDUAL stableford.

All players to mark an individual card. Normal stableford scoring off 95% handicap.

Morning 18 hole TEAM stableford.

Each team consist of 4 players. Team score – the best 3 stableford scores on each hole. The stableford team score will be calculated from the individual cards.

Nearest the Pin

On 4th, 7th, 10th & 16th. If your tee shot is closer than the position of the marker, write your name on the marker and place it exactly where your shot finished.

Straightest Drive (14th fairway)

If your tee shot is closer than the position of the marker, write your name on the marker and place it exactly where your shot finished.

Afternoon – 9 Hole Team Texas Scramble

Each team consists of 4 players. Your starting tee will be the same as for the morning round.

The team handicap will be (to one decimal point), 1/20th of the team’s combined full course handicap.

There must be a minimum of 2 drives selected for each team member.

After teeing off, one of the drives is chosen. The player whose shot has been chosen must not play the next shot. The remaining players each play their shots within 6 inches but not nearer the hole of the chosen shot. The shot selection and play process is repeated until the ball is holed out.

This is a medal round and you only have to record your gross score.